April 27, 2018 / 8:21 PM / 10 months ago

Diplomats to grapple with U.S. troop presence in S.Korea -US defense secretary

WASHINGTON, April 27 (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Friday deferred questions about the future U.S. military presence on the Korean peninsula to diplomats, whom he said would deal with that and other issues should there be a peace agreement with North Korea.

“So I think for right now we just have to go along with the process, have the negotiations and not try to make preconditions or presumptions about how it is going to go. The diplomats are going to have to go to work now,” Mattis told reporters. (Reporting by Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart; editing by Grant McCool)

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